Grant Recipients FY'18

Faculty awards received between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018

Thomas Baumgarte (Physics) was awarded a grant from the Simons Foundation for his project titled Rotating Stars, Gravitational Collapse, and Critical Phenomena.

Sarah Bay-Cheng (Theater and Dance) received an NEH Summer Institute grant through which she will serve as co-director for the NEH Institute on Digital Technologies in Theatre and Performance at the University of Georgia during summer 2018.

Todd Berzon (Religion) was awarded a fellowship from the Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies for the 2017-18 academic year on the theme of Jews and the Material in Antiquity.

Margaret Boyle (Romance Languages and Literatures) was selected by the Folger Shakespeare Library to participate in their spring symposium “The Embodied Senses”.

Sakura Christmas (History and Asian Studies) received an award from the Social Science Research Council Transregional Fellowship program, as well as was awarded a fellowship from the NEH and US-Japan Friendship Commission, and a postdoctoral fellowship from the Henry Luce Foundation/American Council for Learned Societies Program in China Studies for her work titled Nomadic Borderlands: Imperial Japan and the Origins of Ethnic Autonomy in Modern China.

Anja Forche (Biology) and her collaborators from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the Pacific Northwest Research Institute were awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health for their research project entitled Role of genome plasticity in Candida albicans host-pathogen interactions.

Benjamin Gorske (Chemistry) was awarded a National Science Foundation CAREER grant for his project titled Fostering Innovative Scientists through Development of Biomimetic Catalysts for Discovery of New Medicines (NSF Award 1752912).

Eileen Sylvan Johnson (Environmental Studies) and her collaborators at the Island Institute were awarded a grant from the National Academy of Sciences for their project titled Using Island Institute Cross Boundary Connections to Build Disaster Preparedness in Maine and Beyond.

Michèle LaVigne (Earth and Oceanographic Science) was awarded a Kavli Frontiers in Science Fellowship from the National Academy of Sciences.

Michele LaVigne (Earth and Oceanographic Science) and David Carlon (Biology) and their collaborators from the Hamilton College, Iowa State University and Claremont McKenna were awarded a grant from Maine Sea Grant for their project entitled Applying Paleoceanography to Policy: Unlocking historical coastal pH baselines from long-lived shells and skeletons.

Robert Morrison (Religion) was awarded a fellowship from both the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the National Humanities Center for his project An Economy of Knowledge in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Stephen Naculich (Physics) was awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation for his project titled RUI: Amplitudes in Gauge Theory and Relativity (NSF Award 1720202).

Hannah Reese (Psychology) and her collaborator at Massachusetts General Hospital were awarded a grant from the Tourette’s Association of America for her project titled Online Mindfulness-based Tic Reduction: Development and Testing.

Collin Roesler (Earth and Oceanographic Science) was awarded a grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for her research project titled Phytoplankton community structure, carbon stock, carbon export and carbon flux: What role do diatoms play in the North Pacific and North Atlantic Oceans?

Joseph Sosa (Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies) was awarded a grant from the Wenner-Gren Foundation for his project titled LGBT Statistical Activists in Brazil: Training New Activists for the LGBT Pride Survey.

Rachel Sturman (History and Asian Studies) and Belinda Kong (Asian Studies and English) were awarded the ASIANetwork-Luce Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow Program Award.

Birgit Tautz (German) was awarded a grant from the German Embassy through the German Information Center USA’s Campus Weeks program for her project titled Germany Making Choices.

Nat Wheelwright (Biology, Emeritus Faculty) was awarded a Fulbright fellowship for his project titled Helping to Strengthen Field Ecology and Natural History Outreach in Colombia, as well as a grant from the Davis Conservation Foundation in support of the Nature Moments series.